The National Disaster Management Agency noted that in the last week of February 2023, the incidence of wet hydrometeorological disasters had increased compared to the previous week. The Agency Acting Head of Center for Data, Information and Disaster Communication, Abdul Muhari conveyed this during a Disaster Briefing in Jakarta on Monday (27/2).
According to Abdul Muhari, from its spatial distribution, especially on the island of Java in the last two days, wet hydrometeorological disasters consist of floods, tornadoes and landslides.
Abdul Muhari also said that the weather trend had begun to shift into a tornado, or extreme weather. Strong winds have started to predominate even though it is raining. Floods in several places are also influenced by regional conditions.
Responding to this natural phenomenon, the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture invites all stakeholders to strengthen flood and landslide disaster mitigation following an increase in rainfall intensity. Mitigation is an important effort that needs to be done to reduce the disaster risk. Deputy for Coordinating Equitable Regional Development and Disaster Management at the Coordinating Ministry for Human Development and Culture, Sudirman, emphasized that last Tuesday, Mitigation was an important effort that needed to be carried out to reduce the risk of this disaster.
It can be said that every year Indonesia experiences hydrometeorological disasters. Communities, including local governments whose territories frequently experience natural disasters, more or less already know what to do when they occur. But people whose areas have never experienced floods or landslides and are now experiencing them, will certainly be surprised and seem slow to deal with it.
Therefore, community preparedness, including local governments throughout Indonesia, must be developed. Mitigation efforts are carried out not only at the regional level, but also at the Neighborhood Association and Neighborhood Units level. Preparing disaster preparedness bags by each resident, for example, must be continuously disseminated. Natural disasters may be unavoidable, but the risk of impact can be reduced if each individual is in alert.